Jets Draft Spotlight: Harrison Smith

By Alan Schechter

Dec 29, 2011; Orlando, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish safety Harrison Smith (22) against the Florida State Seminoles during the fourth quarter of the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl at the Citrus Bowl. Florida State defeated Notre Dame 18-14. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

We start the work week taking a look at a second round projection, from the defensive backfield, that the Jets have shown interest in. Spotlight on Harrison Smith, Safety, Notre Dame.

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He measures in at 6’2″, 213 pounds, and ran a 4.57 forty yard dash at the NFL Combine.

He recorded 7 INTs in 2010, although he didn’t record any in 2011.

Pros: He is just as effective a player against the run, as he does the pass.  He is smart and athletic.  He is a good size to cover a tight end in the NFL, which would serve the Jets well.  He is also adept at reading the quarterback’s eyes and making plays.

Cons: In man to man coverage, sometimes his footwork is a bit inconsistent.  He’s a little stiff in coverage, can be beaten by explosive receivers.

He is athletic, and he is a good tackler. He seems to have good instincts as well. He would be a good value for the Jets in the second round.